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Chairman Petri, Congressman Costello, Members of the Subcommittee:

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the benefits of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. This is my first appearance before this Committee since starting at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and I am pleased to have the opportunity to get to know you all.

Chairman Mica, Congressman Petri, Members of the Committee:

Chairman Palazzo, Ranking Member Costello, and Distinguished Members of the Committee.

Chairman Petri, Congressman Costello, Members of the Subcommittee:

Thank you for inviting us here today to update the Subcommittee on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) progress in implementing the safety enhancement initiatives in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (Act), and other operational issues related to air traffic management.

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

Thank you, Chairman Rockefeller, Ranking Member Hutchison and members of the committee. It's an honor to appear before you today as President Obama's nominee for Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

I am humbled by this nomination and the opportunity to serve our nation. I'd like to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and support, and also recognize my family who is with me today - my wife Ann and my son Matthew.

Good morning, Chairman Petri, Ranking Member Costello and members of the subcommittee. As you just heard from Deputy Secretary Porcari, NextGen is happening now.

It's not something we are doing alone. It's a public-private partnership that will enhance the safety of our aviation system and lay the groundwork for the United States to continue to operate the safest aviation system in the world.

I've made it a priority to step up our collaboration with our stakeholders externally to increase the focus on NextGen and to bring benefits to the traveling public now.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has begun issuing the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) pilot licences. The first licences, which will replace JAR and many older 'national' versions, were printed for the first time at the CAA's Gatwick headquarters earlier today. The transition process to the new pan European format is expected to last five years.

A pilot with an existing JAR licence, such as a PPL, will have it replaced with an EASA equivalent whenever the licence is sent to

Quarter two 2012 flight punctuality

A charge of £35 will be levied on the Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) from 1 October 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today. The CAA said the charge was necessary to cover administration costs.

ROCC is a qualification designed to ensure the safe and effective operation of aeronautical radio stations that provide an Air Ground Communication Service; an Offshore Communication Service; or, a service within parachute drop zones.